Physically Distanced Physical Education
Preparing for Modified In-person PE Instruction During a Pandemic
This course will take approximately 10 hours to complete and you can purchase optional 1 Continuing Ed Unit from Adams State University. If you have any questions about the course, please email us at "[email protected]".
Course Description for Administrator Approval
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Mark Manross, Executive Director, PE Central
We have become familiar with “social distancing” a.k.a. “physical distancing” in our daily lives, but with many schools returning to in-person instruction, it is time to adjust our “usual” PE instruction for this unusual time. We must teach Physically Distanced PE. In this course, we will explore some of the myriad considerations, evaluate how our existing PE program does/does not fit the needs of Physically Distanced PE, modify existing lessons and create brand new ones accordingly. In this course, 1) I will provide considerations, strategies, and lesson ideas, and 2) you will confront and overcome the challenges created by physically distanced PE. By engaging with the content and resources provided, you will be able to modify your PE instruction to best address students’ needs as well as staff/student safety.
This course has been designed for K-12 PE teachers, camp counselors, after-school activity leaders or anyone else who is or will be providing PE instruction during the pandemic. Many of us have already experienced some amount of distance teaching/learning, but with the 2020-21 academic year approaching, many schools are considering physically re-opening, which will require very careful consideration and modification, not least of which is physical distancing.
- Explore various options for in-person, physically distanced PE
- Explore various safety considerations we must address in our PE classes AND safety considerations we need admin/district-level staff to be aware of
- Discuss differences in school settings, and how that will affect PE instruction during a pandemic
- Discuss the three main possibilities for school restarting in the 2020-21 academic year (fully remote, hybrid remote/in-person, and fully in-person)
After completing this course, users will be able to:
- Identify how the pandemic has and will affect PE instruction broadly, as well as in the user’s specific teaching environment
- Adapt their instruction to address safety concerns as well as students’ learning needs
- Identify key “can dos” and “can’t dos” when it comes to PE during a pandemic
- Communicate key information with school administrators and parents
- Create modified PE lesson plans
This course addresses the following standards: (Source: SHAPE America Standards for Health and Physical Education in the US)
Physical Education – The physically literate individual:
- Standard 1: Demonstrates competency in a variety of motor skills and movement patterns.
- Standard 2: Applies knowledge of concepts, principles, strategies, and tactics related to movement and performance.
- Standard 4: Exhibits responsible personal and social behavior that respects self and others.
- Standard 5: Recognizes the value of physical activity for health, enjoyment, challenge, self-expression, or social interaction.
Health – Students will demonstrate the ability to:
- Standard 4: Use interpersonal communication skills to enhance health and avoid or reduce health risks.
- Standard 5: Use decision-making skills to enhance health.
- Standard 6: Use goal-setting skills to enhance health.
- Standard 7: Practice health-enhancing behaviors and avoid or reduce health risks.
- Standard 8: Advocate for personal, family, and community health.
Viewing External Content:
At times throughout the course, students will be instructed to visit external sites to view videos, articles, or both. Each time external content will open in a new, separate window, which will require students to close when completed and return to the course.
Need to get this course approved by your administration and PD Coordinator? Download the course description here.
Continuing Education Unit (CEU):
You can purchase an optional 1.0 Continuing Education Unit (CEU). If you are interested in purchasing you will register at Adams State Univ and pay the fee. You will not become a student at ASU. They will mail you a transcript that says CEU on it and no grade will be issued. If you are in need of this quickly you will need to pay to have it faxed to you as they mail one transcript free of charge but that may take some time.
Sharing of lessons, learning platforms, and other material created solely for the purpose course is not allowed. This material is for paid course participants only.
Dustin is a physical education and health teacher currently teaching in California public schools. He taught PE remotely for the last two and a half months of the 2019-20 school year and is currently preparing for what the 2020-21 school year will look like (including the possibility of remote, in-person, or a hybrid approach). He created this course for teachers like him – who face the possibility of returning to in-person PE instruction during the pandemic, which will require special planning and considerations, not least of which is making a physical class into a physically distanced class.
Dustin has over a decade of teaching experience, both in the US and abroad. Dustin has taught PE at private international schools in China and Thailand, as well as public schools in Massachusetts and California. Dustin received a B.S. in Physical Education from Eastern Connecticut State University and a M.Ed. in International Education with ESL Specialization from Endicott College through a hybrid program (courses online & in person in Switzerland). Dustin published a book called the New PE Teacher’s Handbook with guidance on job hunting, creating and elevating your PE program, as well as 80 ready-to-use lesson plans. Dustin has also written for various blogs on the topics of international education, physical education, and action sports.